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Astros Select Aiken with Top Pick

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(SECAUCUS, N.J.) -- The Houston Astros drafted Brady Aiken with the number one overall pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday. Aiken, a high schooler from California, becomes just the third prep school pitcher ever taken with the top pick.

The 17-year-old southpaw, recruited by UCLA, has great command of three pitches including a fastball that tops out at 97 mph. A soon-to-be graduate of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, Aiken is the first high school lefty taken in the first five picks since 2002 when Baltimore drafted Adam Loewen with the fourth overall pick.

Houston became the first team ever to have three consecutive number one picks. The Miami Marlins selected high schooler Tyler Kolek, marking the first time two high school pitchers were taken with the top two picks in draft history. 

In total, 20 pitchers were drafted in the first round, tying the record set in 2001. The Chicago White Sox selected pitcher Carlos Rodon with the third overall pick. First baseman Kyle Schwarber was the first position player taken, drafted by the Chicago Cubs with the fourth selection, while Minnesota took shortstop Nick Gordon, rounding out the top five picks.


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